Vacations and Absence from Homes

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Are you heading out of town for the Holidays? We wish you the best on your travels, and hope that you’ll take some time to ensure your home remains in good working order while you’re away.

1. FIND A TRUSTED CARETAKER

It is always good to find a trusted contact to watch over your home while you are gone. Vacations don’t exempt you from the renter responsibilities outlined in your lease or the Resident Guide. We recommend finding a neighbor whom you trust to check on your home daily. Some of the tasks that should be performed are:

  • Check heat functionality (change furnace filters as needed).
  • Check for leaks.
  • Ensure windows are closed.
  • Remove snow from resident area of responsibility.
  • Appliance Function (i.e. Refrigerator).

This is not an exhaustive list, but it does highlight some of the biggest problems faced when going on vacation. Your contact can and should contact emergency maintenance if they discover any maintenance emergencies while you’re gone.

2. FILL OUT A NOTICE OF ABSENCE FORM

The notice of absence form is mentioned by name in your lease, and must be provided to us prior to your 5+ day absence from the home. On this form, you will designate a point of contact/caretaker and may opt to give them access to a) lockout services and/or b) U-Fix-It services.

View the Notice of Absence Form

3. GET YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW

Before you leave, we recommend you check a number of items in your home.

  • windows are closed
  • doors are locked
  • water isn’t running
  • oven/stove turned off
  • appliances are functioning
  • lights are off
  • heat set to 60 degrees (do not turn off your heat- pipes will freeze and cause costly and intrusive damage)

If you have scheduled work orders during the time of your vacation, please contact our maintenance line to reschedule or grant permission to enter.

WHAT ABOUT PETS?

If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, you should not leave your pets alone. We recommend boarding pets when going on an extended vacation (or loaning them to a friend 🙂 ).

ENJOY YOUR TRIP

Whether you’re departing Alaska to sit on a warm beach or stroll down memory lane at grandma’s house, we hope you enjoy your time away from the freezing cold and darkness.  If you have any concerns that arise while you are away, please contact our office. We’re here to help.